The traditional way to repair the kind of foot fracture Kevin Durant has — a Jones fracture of the fifth metatarsal above the little toe on his left foot — is surgery. The reason is simply that there is not a lot of blood flow to the area so a more traditional healing process is both slower and not as sure to take.
But Durant is just 26 and not eager to undergo surgery on his foot — it’s an understandably scary prospect for a guy whose job is to run up and down a hardwood floor nightly.
Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant is still considering treatment options for the Jones fracture in his right foot and a decision about whether or not to have surgery won’t likely be made on Monday, according to two people with knowledge of the situation…
(Sources) also made it clear that Durant was deliberating the matter with the Thunder’s medical personnel and his representatives.
I understand Durant’s concern. But he’s also a guy who knows his stats and (as Amick noted in his post) these numbers from Dr. Mark Adickes at ESPN were pretty convincing (insider $$):
A recent study found that Jones fractures treated without surgery had just a 76 percent chance of complete recovery, while those treated with surgery found a 95 percent return to full health.
Studies also show people who have the surgery get back to work more quickly on their feet than those who don’t. The Thunder need him back sooner rather than later.
In the end Durant probably has the surgery, but there is nothing wrong with taking a day or two to think it over.